Activities Aide

Location: Leawood, KS (Homestead of Leawood, 12720 State Line Rd.)


Job Description: Performs duties involving the implementation of an activity program, which meets physical, mental, psychosocial needs and interests of residents.

Accountability: Reports to the Activity Director.

Equipment Used: Employee may be required to operate an automobile and various equipment associated with recreational programming.

Environment: Indoors and outdoors.

Duties and Responsibilities: The employee is required to be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position.

  1. Responsible for the planning of activities to meet resident’s specific needs, to include large group, small group, and individual participation as scheduled
  2. Maintain documentation as required by State and Federal regulations and attendance book.
  3. Assures personal and staff compliance to all State and Federal regulations including blood borne pathogens, infection control, use of hazardous material, and fire safety.
  4. Assures personal and staff compliance to Resident’s Rights.
  5. Responsible for initial assessment, picture and front name board. 
  6. Compose monthly contributions, including the monthly Activities calendar, pass out newsletter, post daily contributions on menu board, date board and pass out nametags.
  7. Plant and Pet care. 
  8. Will be expected to participate in Department in-service training.

 Facility Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

 Physical Activity Requirements: Employee is required to use a transfer/gait belt or to obtain the assistance of another employee when attempting to assist residents or when lifting and carrying objects in excess of 25 lbs. The employee must be aware that during the normal, routine performance of the essential functions, some of the following body movements may occur naturally, although they may not be a requirement of the job.

 Primary Physical Requirements:

Lift up to 10 lbs: Frequently

Lift 11 to 25 lbs: Rarely

Lift 26 to 50 lbs: Not required

Lift over 50 lbs: Not required

Carry up to 10 lbs: Frequently

Carry 11 to 25 lbs: Rarely

Carry 26 to 50 lbs: Not required

Carry over 50 lbs: Not required 

Reach above shoulder height: Frequently

Reach at shoulder height: Rarely

Reach below shoulder height: Frequently

Push/Pull: Frequently 

Hand Manipulation:

Grasping: Frequently

Handling: Constantly

Torquing: Constantly

Fingering: Constantly

Controls & Equipment: General office equipment and supplies.

Other Physical Considerations:

Twisting: Not required

Bending: Required

Crawling: Not required

Squatting: Not required

Kneeling: Not required

Crouching: Not required

Climbing: Required

Balancing: Not required

During an 8-hour day, Employee may be required to:                                                                                                                                                                                          Consecutive Hours    Total Hours

                                                Sit                                      2                     4

                                                Stand                                 2                      6

                                                Walk                                  2                      3


Work Surface: May be required to stand on tile or carpet.

Cognitive and Sensory Requirements:

Talking: Required

Hearing: Required

Sight: Required

Tasting & Smelling: Not required

Access to Personal Health Information: Required access to limited personal health information on an as needed basis.

Licensure/Certification Requirements:  Certification required

Other Training, Skills, and Experience Requirements:. Employee must be able to perform in such a way to build good working habits and relationships among the staff that they manage as well as other departmental staff. Employee must demonstrate on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and other department.

Summary of Occupational Exposures:

Bloodborne Pathogens:

Tasks and procedures performed by employee involve risks classified by CDC as:

Category III (Task/Activity does not entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood)

Specific Task Exposure:

General Resident Care: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;

Handling Soiled Linens and Clothing: Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions, other body fluids- cerebrospinal, synovial, pleaural, peritoneal, pericardial, amniotic;

Cleaning Resident Rooms and Common Areas- Blood, urine, feces, vomitus, wound exudates, semen/vaginal secretions.

Refer to Exposure Control Plan for additional information.

Other Considerations and Requirements: This position requires an individual with strong communication skills and the ability to work without direct supervision. The Activities Assistant must be well organized, efficient with their time, and able to coordinate many activities. The employee may be requested to perform other duties or tasks that are not listed, but are within the competence and training of the individual. The employer reserved the right to modify this job description based upon the company needs.

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